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School officials off the job during sexual assault investigation

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The interim principal and the assistant principal from North Mecklenburg High School have been placed on leave as police investigate a sexual assault case involving a 17-year-old.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has confirmed with WBTV that Mike Mathews and Joyce Lockhart are on paid administrative leave.  Police sources tell us that police are investigating the way the school handled a possible sexual assault on campus involving "exceptionally challenged students."

The suspects in the incident, which allegedly happened in a school hallway, are 17 and 20 years old, police reports say. They are brothers.

Our sources say North Mecklenburg High School is under the police microscope after they allegedly delayed reporting the attack to authorities. The incident happened on Oct. 15th. The victim told school officials on Oct. 18 but they didn't tell police until Oct. 20.

That was a two-day delay.

"Clearly when something like this happens," Huntersville Police Department Captain Michael Kee said. "Like an alleged assault. We want to look into that immediately. We want to be aware so we can investigate."

Investigators told WBTV the assistant principal delayed telling police about the accusations, because she wanted to conduct her own investigation.

Police told WBTV that the alleged victim has lied before about being assaulted, but police say that does not matter. The rules are when someone makes a claim, the school has to report it. 

Former West Mecklenburg High School principal Charity Bell is now serving as interim principal of the school, CMS told WBTV.

Police are preparing to present evidence to the District Attorney.

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